[mp3] Handsome Furs - "Radio Kaliningrad"

Despite the seemingly endless series of brilliant promo pics, I was originally a bit skeptical about Handsome Furs’ turn toward more pop-oriented song structures. But Face Control has been a real grower for me this year - slowly creeping up my favorite albums of the year list. Sub Pop has made a wise decision by releasing “Radio Kaliningrad” as the second free and legal download. The song is Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry at their very best - actually it’s the track that I think best combines the half-starved desperation and raw energy of Plague Park with the precision of Face Control. Though its restless pace makes for a somewhat unconventional album closer, it ties together many of the album’s recurring images (radios, Russia, isolation, hearts, wires) and ends the record on a (very) high note. We got the radio, blue sky, we got the radio, we never said goodbye. If you haven’t checked out Face Control yet, do yourself a favor and start here.

MP3 :: Radio Kaliningrad
(from Face Control. Buy here)

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